This amateur film by Walter Gill records the occasion when Prince Philip visited Hartlepool to inspect the restoration work being carried out onthe historic ship HMS Warrior, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy, 1859–1861.
A film made by Turners Film Productions to commemorate the launching of the tanker Teesfield from Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees on the 24 February 1959.
Sponsored film showing the sea trials and transfer of the bulk carrier "Livanita" from Smiths Docks Company Ltd at South Bank near Middlesbrough to its Norwegian owners A/S Ugland's Rederi in March 1962. The film includes footage of the ship's lifeboat being tested.
This film records the launch of the “Athelfoam” tanker from Smiths Docks Company Ltd, Southbank in Middlesbrough on the 22 May, 1951. The ship was built on the Tyne for the Athel Line and was involved in the transport of molasses. The film shows the arrival of guests, a reception and the launch ceremony attended by a huge crowd of locals including many school children. [Please note some opening sequences run too fast.]
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions showing the launch of the"Athelsultan" at Smiths Dock Company, Southbank, Middlesbrough on the 9th November 1950, by Mrs F.H. Formby.
A short amateur film showing the launch ceremony for the Royal National Lifeboat "City of Leeds" at Redcar in August 1951. Her Royal Highness Princess Mary attends for the christening ceremony. The "City of Leeds" lifeboat remained in service until 1965 and saved 31 lives.
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
Film footage shot for William Gray & Company Ltd of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Elm on the 29th July 1953, built for Irish Shipping Ltd., Dublin. The first film shows dignitaries arriving at the launch platform and the ship blessed by a Catholic priest. Mrs E.T. McCarron performs the naming of the ship with the customary bottle of champagne. The second film, shot from a different viewpoint, includes dignitaries enjoying pre-launch drinks and the launch ceremony of the Irish Elm.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.
A film giving a complete record of the construction of the cargo ship M.V General Guisan which began construction at William Gray & Company Ltd yards at West Hartlepool on the 5th September 1946 and was launched into Central Dock on the 19th June 1947. The film also shows the manufacture of its marine engine by Sulzer Bros. Ltd and its subsequent installation by the Central Marine Engine Works at West Hartlepool. The final part of the film shows the ship during its sea trials on the 17th February 1948 and ends with views of the handing over ceremony.
A sponsored film produced by William Gray & Company Ltd of the launch of the cargo ship S.S. Francisco Matarazzo on the 7 March 1947. The ship was launched into the Central Dock at William Gray shipyards, West Hartlepool. The Francisco Matarazzo is launched by the wife of Commander Afranio de Faria, Assistant Brazilian Naval Attache in London, Senora Marina Paes Barrata de Faria.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland showing various events taking place around Hartlepool as part of the corporation carnival. Events featured include water skiing, street parades and a fair. The second part of the film features the family visiting the countryside, a running event and footage of the art deco bus station at Seaton Carew.
A record of the working life and industrial landscape of ICI's Billingham Wharf, and the official opening on October 15th 1935 of the Coal Hydrogenation Petrol Plant of ICI Billingham, by former National Labour Party Prime Minister, M.P. James Ramsay MacDonald.
This sponsored film is a record of the launch of the SS Tofo from William Gray's yard in Hartlepool for the Chilean CSAV (Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores on the 14 September 1951.
This film shows the building and launch of the cargo ship Carona at William Gray's shipyard in West Hartlepool. The ship was launched on the 30 November 1949.
A Turners Film Unit production sponsored by William Gray showing the launch of the cargo ship Cristallina at William Gray's yard, West Hartlepool, on 15 February 1949, only a few years after World War Two. A second part follows the fitting out at Gray's Central Marine Engine Works of an engine for the cargo ship Carona, launched in 1948.
A sponsored film produced by William Gray & Company Ltd, West Hartlepool, of the launch on 21 October 1949 of the cargo ship S.S.Irish Hazel for Irish Shipping Ltd, Dublin from Central Dock.
An amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club about the River Tees, tracing the course of the river from Cauldron Snout falls in County Durham, downstream at High Force waterfall in Teesdale, and on to Middlesbrough and the launch from Smith's Dock of the semi-submersible oilrig Ocean Prince on the 25th July 1965. The film features views of the Tees Newport Bridge and Transporter Bridge.
Film insert of a Royal Navy ceremony for a sea burial on board HMS Abdiel in Hartlepool Harbour. Filmed for the Tyne Tees Television Six Five news programme, this item broadcast on 16 January 1968. The ship was commissioned on 17 October 1967, designated by the Ministry of Defence as an ‘exercise minelayer’.